AFC Leopards dropped to the bottom half of the Kenyan Premier League log after they fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Kakamega Homeboyz at the Mumias Sports Complex, Saturday afternoon.
Ingwe made the long trip to Western Kenya where they enjoy fanatic support but left red-faced by old boy Lamine Mohamed Diallo who came off the bench to score in the second half.
The two sides were deadlocked at the breather thanks in part to some woeful finishing from their hosts who had Ali Bhai and Meshack Karani miss some gilt-edged chnaces during the opening exchanges.
Leopards labored to get past Homeboyz defence and were dealt further blow when striker Paul Kiongera was forced off injured five minutes before the half hour mark. Youngster Marcellus Ingotsi took the departing striker’s spot and proved to be his team’s best chance for a goal.
Leopards went into the break having mustered only one shot on target, and three in total.
The more enterprising Homeboyz were almost hit with a sucker punch three minutes into the second half when Ingotsi connected to a Gilbert Fiamenyo cross but his header hit the post.
Ingwe enjoyed a good spell of possession and attacking threat but never made use of it.
The hosts had the home crowd singing and dancing in the 74th minute when Diallo slotted past a stranded Gabriel Andika.
Predictably, Leopards went into the offensive after conceding but nothing they tried could unlock the Homeboyz defence.
The result saw Homeboyz get back to back wins over Leopards following the damaging 4-1 defeat last season, a result that played a big part in former boss Ivan Minnaert leaving.
It also saw Homeboyz go above Ingwe on the log. Mike Mururi’s men are 8th with 17 points while Ingwe are two points and two places behind.
In other matches, Bernard Odhiambo netted Zoo Kericho’s first ever topflight hat-trick as they edged Bandari FC 3-2 in a five-goal thriller. Reigning champions Tusker FC made it six wins in six with an easy 2-0 victory over Mathare United while Nzoia United thumped Muhoroni Youth 3-0. The first ever KPL match held at Narok Stadium had Sofapaka drawing 0-0 with Kariobangi Sharks.